It’s being disheartening to see history of police brutality with the likes of George Floyd, Tamir Rice, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland and Philando Castle, First Nations and many others that went undocumented.
As a black guy with African roots, I immigrated to the western world for a better life. So you would say I inherited my skin colour from my parents and I see myself as a person with darker skin pigment. I too, have dreams, fears and hope, as a human. Full stop.
While I don’t hope for the demise of the likes of George Floyd, I have experienced racial profiling like:
- Police changing lane as soon as they notice I’m a black man, driving a car. No offence committed, just a person with a darker skin colour.
- Security guard trailing us at the store with no apparent reason or wrongdoing. No offence committed, just a person with a darker skin colour.
- Difference in treatment at work. No offence committed, just a person with a darker skin colour.
This is not to say all police officers, security guards, managers and people are like this. I believe people are generally good.
Now, the question becomes how do we move forward as human beings? While I don’t claim to know the answers. I know there is systemic racism.
I hope the Black Lives Matter movement (not the riot or looting) will examine our education, politics, voting, government, organizations, individuals and policing to eradicate this kind of non-humane treatment of our fellow human beings.
I, also, dream of a day, where a human being will be treated for who they are and the strength of their character rather than based on the colour of their skin. Until that day, I will continue to dream.
-Peter Akarakiri, CEO, Arabellsoft